BE INFORMED, BE WARNED, BE PREPARED:   BEFORE, DURING and AFTER an EARTHQUAKE

Make your home ready for an earthquake

Examine your home, decide what could happen in an earthquake.

  • Teach everybody in the family how to turn off the water and electricity.
     

  • Clearly label the on-off position for the water, electricity and gas.
     

  • If your home is equipped with natural gas: tie or tape the appropriate wrench on or near the pipe, to turn off the gas, if necessary. (Don't shut off the gas unless there is a leak or a fire. If the gas is turned off, don't turn it on again. That must be done by a qualified technician.) 
     

  • Teach everybody in the family how to use a fire extinguisher.

If you live in an apartment block or a multi-storey building, you may experience more sway and less shaking than in a smaller, single-storey building.  

Work with your building manager or condominium board to decide how best to "quake-safe" your unit.

Seek advice from professionals (building engineers, architects, emergency preparedness authorities) if you are unsure about what to do.

 

Copyright: A. Makarow 1998 - Revised September 17, 2008